WEST HOLLYWOOD—The white, pearl-laden dress that had been stolen from Mexican-Kenyan Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o’s room at The London West Hollywood Hotel was returned to the location on February 27.
The “12 Years a Slave” actress wore the Calvin Klein gown at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, and it had made headlines even before it was stolen because the dress, reportedly covered in 6,000 pearls, was estimated to be worth $150,000.
When Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives responded to a call at 11:30 p.m. on February 25, saying that the dress had been stolen from the actress’ hotel room, they soon discovered that hotel surveillance footage failed to capture the thief.
The alleged thief contacted TMZ and told them that he decided to return the dress, packed in a garment bag, placed inside a trash bag, to a second floor bathroom located inside the hotel. He reportedly returned it after discovering that the pearls were fake—and because he wanted the world to know “Hollywood’s fake bulls–t.”
TMZ then alerted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, who then retrieved the gown at the described location.
Sergeant Richard Bowman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station was able to confirm with Canyon News that a news organization alerted the sheriff’s department to the dress and that the dress strongly resembled the one worn by the actress.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, “West Hollywood Detectives responded to the second floor of the ‘London Hotel,’ entered the bathroom described by the anonymous caller, and located a black garment bag underneath the counter. Inside the garment bag was a white dress resembling the one worn on Oscar night by Lupita Nyong’o. Detectives will work with the owners of the dress, to confirm if that is the dress.”
After further investigation, the LA Sheriff’s Department said, “We believe this dress is the dress that was stolen from the London Hotel.”
As of press time, authorities have not made any arrests and the investigation is still ongoing.